Lot 134: Eddys Official Map of California 1854 inscribed

PBA Galleries

2015-11-19 15:16:37


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Lot 134: Author: Eddy William Marston Title: Approved & Declared to be The Official Map of the State of California by an Act of the Legislature Passed March 25th 1853. Compiled by W.M. Eddy, State Surveyor General. Published for R.A. Eddy, Marysville, California... Place Published: New York Publisher: J.H. Colton Date Published: 1854 Description: Lithographed map, hand-colored. 126.4x97.8 cm. (49x38?") plus ornamental border, once folding into original blindstamped leather folder lettered in gilt, 15.5x10.5 cm. (6 ?x4"); now backed with tissue and flattened, folder present, with Colton advertisement on inside of front cover. Rare example of this seminal and important map of California, inscribed and signed by Eddy on the inside of the front cover, on the Colton advertisement, "Genl Hitchcock from Wm M Ed[dy ]." The inscription by William Eddy in the folder of the present copy is rare and significant, providing important information on the earliest availability of the map. Folder rebacked, scuffed at edges; map expertly rebacked with tissue and restored, repairing splits at folds and a few minor chips, slight darkening at some of the folds; very good, coloring bright and spectacular, a rare and important map. Provenance: Sotheby's NY, 4/28/82. PBA Galleries' Rare Cartography, Exploration & Voyages Thursday, 3rd December 2015 Estimate: $20000-30000
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